Edmund Kennedy, Girramay National Park boasts natural beauty combined with a diverse range of landscapes. The low-lying area has a wonderful variety of vegetation including lowland rainforest, open eucalypt forest, paperbark woodland, sedge swamps and extensive mangrove forests that include most of the mangrove species found in Australia. During the wet season a deluge of rain flows from adjacent ranges to flood the creeks and swamps. As the floodwaters subside, the swamps become a tranquil setting, the water stained with tannin from the tea-trees. During cooler, drier months the swamps dry out. This diverse wetland park is in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and provides valuable habitat for the vulnerable estuarine crocodile as well as the endangered mahogany glider and southern cassowary.... more
Explore coastal rainforest, open forest and mangrove communities on the 3.5 kilometres Mangrove boardwalk or walk 2.5 kilometres to mouth of Wreck Creek. Birdwatch and enjoy a picnic at Rockingham Bay and visit the Arthur Thorsborne Aboretum near the park entrance..... less
The toilets and the unsealed track from the carpark to the day-use area are wheelchair accessible with assistance.
How To Get There
Turn off the Bruce Highway four kilometres north of Cardwell and drive one kilometre along Clift Road to the park entrance. From here the road is unsealed and often narrow and winding. Caravans should be left outside the park. The road continues another three kilometres to the beach. Drive carefully—walkers are sometimes on the road. The road can be slippery or flooded in the wet season. Driving on the beach is prohibited.
Cardwell and the surrounding area have a tropical climate. Summer can be very hot and humid with maximum temperatures reaching over 35 degrees Celsius. During the 'wet season' from December to April, there are heavy, frequent downpours. During the cooler, drier months from May to September, the weather is pleasantly warm with reduced humidity.
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